The Washington Demons took home a win last night over West Branch, despite high winds and a come back attempt by the Bears.
Washington won the game 8-6 over the bears, despite leading 8-2 for three inning, and giving up some big runs late.
Washington started out the scoring in the game, getting a lead off walk from Bohr who would come around to score on a sacrifice fly by Kaitlin Buchholz. West Branch scored in the second to make it 1-1 off an RBI by Megan Tadlock who was then thrown out trying for a second base.
Washington’s big inning was the second, as they batted through the order and put up five runs. It started with another lead off walk, which would happen in all of the first four innings. Chayse Jaspering drove in a run, followed by a two run single by Stephanie Fishback, and a two run single by Kaitlin Buchholz.
The Bears responded with one more run, which the Demons re-responded with two in the third to make the score 8-2. As the wind picked up the teams turned scoreless, until West Branch got two in the sixth after loading the bases with no outs making it 8-4, and in the seventh, they started out with a double after the wind caught a high fly ball that took it from straight center field to a ball that could have been played by shortstop. West Branch got two more runners on and scored two of them with two outs, but the Demons made the defensive play and finished the game.
Washington head coach Angie Shrader said it was a win, but there were times in the game that Washington didn’t help their own cause.
“Our kids battled, and it wasn’t necessarily what I call super pretty, but we came up with a win, and I think we hit the ball pretty well, we ran the bases well, we did have a couple of innings where I didn’t think our head was in the game, and we got kind of relaxed with our lead and we didn’t keep pushing and fighting for the stuff that we wanted,” Shrader said. “You know we still have to be improving, we’re not where we want to be yet, but hopefully we can learn from this.”
Buchholz was 2-3 on the night with three RBI’s, while Kolbi Breard went 2-3 with two runs. West Branch’s Taylor Jones went all seven innings giving up seven hits, eight runs, seven earned, seven walks and two strikeouts, while Ashley Rausch for Washington went all seven and gave up nine hits, six runs, five earned, three walks, three strikeouts and hit four batters,
Washington is now 9-3 on the season and play again tonight in a double header against Ft. Madison